Cleopatra's Banquet (c.1675) by the Dutch Golden Age painter Gerard de Lairesse (1640-1711). Cleopatra is here dissolving her earring in vinegar and will drink it to prove to the Roman Mark Antony that she can spent ten million sestertia for one supper.
Despite the architecture is pure fantasy it shows that Lairesse already tried to provide his painting with a historical setting.
Tim O’Brien (1964)
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